Robert Meckin

Presidential Fellow at the University of Manchester

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Centre Activities

  • Researching social, political and technological change that may significantly impact research method development and training
  • Supporting NCRM’s training capacity building


Research Interests

  • Social dimensions of scientific and technological innovation, especially in the biosciences
  • Methods and infrastructures in research
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Futures


Recent publications

  • Meckin, R. (2019) Changing infrastructural practices: Routine and reproducibility in automated interdisciplinary bioscience. Science, Technology, & Human Values (9th December 2019) Online first: Open access

  • Meckin, R. and Soubes, S. (2019) Experimenting with interdisciplinarity: Researcher development and the production of impact potentials. In: Fenby-Hulse, K., Heywood, E. Walker, K. (eds.) Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher: Lived experiences, New Perspectives. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. 81-100. (Joint author)

  • Meckin, R. and Balmer, A. (2018) Situating anticipation in everyday life: Using sensory methods to explore public expectations of synthetic biology. Public Understanding of Science 28(3) 290–304 . Open Access 

  • Meckin, R. and Balmer, A. (2018) Everyday uncertainty work: Making sense of biosynthetic menthol. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 4(2018): 458-484 Open Access.

  • Meckin, R. and Balmer, A. (2017) Engaging the senses, understanding publics: Research methods, science engagement, and synthetic biology. Trends in Biotechnology. 35 (11): 1015-1017.